DVD & Blu-ray Releases: May 6, 2014

By: Sean Brickley

 

We have a pretty decent haul this week, fellow digital gore connoisseurs.  Two Hitchcock classics, Psycho and The Birds, have finally been released on Blu-ray.  Wolf’s 20th anniversary collector’s edition DVD is out this week as well.  White Zombie has a special edition Blu-ray out, too.  In addition to a good handful of collections, there are also a few classic Godzilla movies being released on both Blu-ray and DVD this week.  It’s almost as if they’re trying to promote something Godzilla-related.  I wonder what it could be.  Pleasant viewing, fiends.

 Altogether, this week sees 14 movie releases and 4 collections.

 

Movies:

 

666 Devilish Charm (2014)

 Format(s):                           DVD

Notable Names:               Ryan Walker, Courtney Turk

DVD Link:                            http://amzn.com/B00HV6AFLU

Synopsis:

When a cursed “devil’s charm” bracelet shows up at a sorority house on Valentine’s Day, each girl tries to make a series of wishes, and each finds that unintended consequences are the primary purpose of Satan’s sinister strategy…


 The Birds (1963)

Format(s):                           Blu-ray

Notable Names:               Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette, Jessica Tandy, Veronica Cartwright, Ethel Griffies, Charles McGraw

Blu-ray Link:                       http://amzn.com/B00JQP111W

Synopsis:

Hitchcock’s bird’s-eye-view of the apocalypse has our feathered friends attacking the residents of a small town in northern California.

Special Features:

Digital Copy of The Birds (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)

Includes UltraViolet (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)

Deleted Scene

The Original Ending

The Birds: Hitchcock’s Monster Movie

All About The Birds

Storyboard Sequence

Tippi Hedren’s Screen Test

Hitchcock / Truffaut Interview Excerpts

The Birds Is Coming (Universal International Newsreel)

Suspense Story: National Press Club Hears Hitchcock (Universal International Newsreel)

Production Photographs

Theatrical Trailer

100 Years of Universal: Restoring the Classics

100 Years of Universal: The Lot

My Scenes

pocket BLU App

BD-Live

 

Blood Shed (2014)

Format(s):                           DVD

Notable Names:               Bai Ling, Vida Guerra, Patrick Hasson

DVD Link:                            http://amzn.com/B00I30MQA6

Synopsis:

A man who is down on his luck moves into a self-storage facility where he finds a group strangers who have made the place their home. However, little do they know that a deranged woman has been hunting the facility’s visitors in an attempt to regain the child that was stolen from her. So when the facility gets locked for the night, they find themselves trapped and hunted down, completely at the mercy of the tortured woman’s gruesome attacks.

 

Countess Dracula (1971)

Format(s):                           Blu-ray/DVD Combo

Notable Names:               Ingrid Pitt, Nigel Green, Peter Sasdy

Blu-ray/DVD Link:            http://amzn.com/B00ITZXDDY

Synopsis:

The beautiful Ingrid Pitt (The Wicker Man, Where Eagles Dare) stars as Elisabeth Nádasdy, an aging Hungarian Countess who discovers she can reverse her aging by bathing in the blood of young women. While in her youthful state, the Countess falls for the handsome Lt. Imre Toth (Sandor Elès), and impersonates her own daughter to win his affections. Soon, girls in the village go missing… kidnapped and murdered by the Countess and her steward, Julie (Patience Collier) to satiate her horrifying bloodlust. Can Elisabeth live a life of deception with her grotesque lust for blood to stay eternally young, or will her ghoulish secret finally be revealed? Co-starring Nigel Green (Jason and the Argonauts, Zulu).

Special Features:

Audio Commentary With Actress Ingrid Pitt, Director Peter Sasdy, Screenwriter Jeremy Paul And Author Jonathan Sothcott

Immortal Countess: The Cinematic Life Of Ingrid Pitt Featurette

Audio Interview With Ingrid Pitt

Still Gallery

Reversible Cover Artwork

Theatrical Trailer

 

The Dinosaur Experiment (2013)

Format(s):                           DVD

Notable Names:               Jana Mashonee, Lorenzo Lamas, Dan Bishop, Michael Beberashvili

DVD Link:                            http://amzn.com/B00IORPROU

Synopsis:

Fossil Ridge was thought to be a peaceful, secluded cattle ranch, but hidden away within the ridge is actually a breeding ground for vicious, prehistoric velociraptors. When the velociraptors escape their confines, the nearby townspeople must figure out how to fight the ferocious foes that are now hunting them down. One thing’s for sure – whoever said that these deadly hunters were extinct was wrong.

 

Ebirah – Horror of the Deep (Godzilla Vs. The Sea Monster!) (1966)

Format(s):                           DVD, Blu-ray

DVD Link:                            http://amzn.com/B00I462XF2

Blu-ray Link:                       http://amzn.com/B00I462XGG

Synopsis:

When Ryota’s brother Yata disappears at sea, the intrepid youth and his friends join forces with a slightly trustworthy bank robber, steal a boat and go after him! Of course, there’s the little problem that Yata may be lost on a mysterious island where the evil terrorist organization Red Bamboo has enslaved natives to make heavy water for nefarious purposes. And that means dealing with the island’s monstrous, 164 feet tall guardian Ebirah, as well as Red Bamboo’s arsenal of super advanced weaponry. On the plus side, help may be at hand in the form of a nubile island girl, two tiny fairies, their giant protector Mothra and the big G himself, the mighty Godzilla. Surviving the results of all that “assistance” may not be guaranteed, but Red Bamboo will never want to tangle with teenagers AND Godzilla at the same time again! Take a South Seas cruise to non-stop mayhem and giant monster destruction with Ebirah- Horror Of The Deep!

 

Godzilla Vs. Gigan (Godzilla On Monster Island!) (1972)

Format(s):                           DVD, Blu-ray

DVD Link:                            http://amzn.com/B00I462X7K

Blu-ray Link:                       http://amzn.com/B00I462XLG

Synopsis:

When alien invaders, plans for a children’s theme park and four giant monsters with six heads between them all collide, the result is the inevitable battle for the fate of the Earth. At least, that’s how it is for Godzilla, who teams up with his former spiky foe Anguirus for a tag team match against two of his greatest adversaries: the legendary three headed King Ghidorah and Gigan, the cyborg hench-monster for insidious insect aliens whose plot to wipe out all human life is cleverly disguised as plans for the construction of a new children’s theme park. Unfortunately for the bug’s diabolical designs, their secret monster control codes are accidentally discovered by comic book artist Gengo Kotaka, who broadcasts the master tape and brings Team Godzilla into play. It’s not going to be an easy fight, though, as the odds are four heads to two, and King Ghidorah’s one of Godzilla’s toughest opponents. With his cybernetic weaponry Gigan is equally ruthless, and his alien masters are as hard to kill as the cockroaches they resemble. Will Earth’s biggest defenders finally fall? Or will Godzilla, and insecticide, triumph over all? Find out in Godzilla vs. Gigan!

 

Godzilla Vs. Hedorah (Godzilla Vs. The Smog Monster!) (1971)

 

Format(s):                           DVD

DVD Link:                            http://amzn.com/B00I462Y60

Blu-ray Link:                       http://amzn.com/B00I462XNO

Synopsis:

Forget about acid rain and global warming! The worst ecological nightmare is actually Hedorah, which starts off small but quickly mutates into a giant flying monster capable of wiping out all life on whatever unfortunate planet it lands on! And since Hedorah grows by consuming the toxic gases and chemicals mankind has spilled into the air and water, in the early 1970s that means that its potential growth is unlimited! Fortunately for the human race, the Earth has an ultimate green defender who doesn’t need to sing protest songs or try to enact new laws to get things done. Because nobody, and nothing, can stop Godzilla when he decides to push an environmental issue, and while Hedorah may be the dirtiest opponent Godzilla has ever faced, his name is going to be mud by the time he’s been stomped into the whole Earth a few dozen times. Get ready for the wildest Godzilla film ever as the social concerns and way out fashions of the seventies collide head on with the ultimate in big monster brawls in Godzilla Vs. Hedorah!

 

Ingloda: The Possession Within (2013)

Format(s):                           DVD

Notable Names:               Lauren Davish, Rachel Worrell, Brian Targett

DVD Link:                            http://amzn.com/B00HEU1OJ0

Synopsis:

Ingolda: The Possession Within is a taut and intense thriller that has earned the praise of film festivals and critics. Kelly is the everyday young woman just trying to get by in life with her two best friends. She carries scars from her past and now, at age 24, she must deal with these realities. After discovering the truth about her father’s mysterious death, she begins to tip over the edge…visions, spiritual encounters and out of body experiences begin to possess Kelly and transform her into something else. Kelly’s friends, Kacy and Nikki try their hardest to help her, but are they strong enough to prevail over the possession within?


Mr. Jones (2013)

Format(s):                           DVD, Blu-ray

Notable Names:               Ethan Sawyer, Sarah Jones, Karl Mueller

DVD Link:                            http://amzn.com/B00IF8Q8XC

Blu-ray Link:                       http://amzn.com/B00IKI00WW

Synopsis:

Scott (Jon Foster of Stay Alive) and Penny (Sarah Jones of Sons Of Anarchy) just moved to a remote cabin to escape the pressures of the world and breathe new life into their art. They will soon discover they are not alone: an infamously reclusive artist known only as Mr. Jones lives nearby. He doesn’t like to be disturbed, and only comes out at night when he drags his strange, sinister sculptures deep into the woods. But when Scott and Penny’s curiosity leads them to venture too close for Mr. Jones comfort, he plunges the young couple into a nightmare world of mayhem, madness and mind-bending terror. Diane Neal (Law & Order: SVU) and David Clennon (John Carpenter’s The Thing) co-star in this startling tale from debut director Karl Mueller (writer of The Divide) and from the producer of the Sundance hit The Pact.


Psycho (1960)

Format(s):                           Blu-ray

Notable Names:               Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Alfred Hitchcock

Blu-ray Link:                       http://amzn.com/B00J2R3W52

Synopsis:

Leigh is on the lam with stolen money and makes the mistake of checking into the Bates Motel, run by Perkins… and his mother. Hitchcock’s horror film is best remembered for the shower scene and Bernard Herrmann’s chilling score.

Special Features:

Digital Copy of Psycho (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)

Includes UltraViolet (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)

The Making of Psycho

Psycho Sound

In The Master’s Shadow: Hitchcock’s Legacy

Hitchcock / Truffaut Interview Excerpts

Newsreel Footage: The Release of Psycho

The Shower Scene: With and Without Music

The Shower Scene: Storyboards by Saul Bass

The Psycho Archives

Posters and Psycho Ads

Lobby Cards

Behind-the-Scenes Photographs

Production Photographs

Theatrical Trailer

Re-release Trailers

My Scenes

Feature Commentary with Stephen Rebello (author of “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho”)

BD-Live

 

Savage Vengeance (1993)

Format(s):                           DVD

Notable Names:               Camille Keaton, Phillip Newman, Donald Farmer

DVD Link:                            http://amzn.com/B00DHQ9K0K

Synopsis:

Jennifer can’t get away from crazy psychos. After being raped 5 years ago, she is once again being hounded by some low life characters. But these guys don’t know who they’re fooling with. You see, gorgeous Jennifer got back at the earlier rapists in a serious way. Some of them aren’t even around anymore! She is deadly with a chainsaw and pretty accurate with a shotgun! It’s an outrageous blood fest with a radical ending!


White Zombie (Cary Roan Special Signature Edition) (1932)

Format(s):                           Blu-ray

Notable Names:               Bela Lugosi, Joseph Cawthorn, Victor Halperin

Blu-ray Link:                       http://amzn.com/B00D49EB0E

Synopsis:

Wealthy Plantation owner Charles Beaumont (Robert Frazer) turns to Voodoo Master Murder Legendre (Bela Lugosi) to lure the woman he loves Madeline Short (Madge Bellamy) away from her fiancé Neil Parker (John Harron), by turning her into zombie. Murders intention are to keep Madeline for himself. Neil seeks out Murder Legendre to break the Zombie spell and return Madeline to the world of the living.


Wolf (20th Anniversary Edition) (1994)

Format(s):                           DVD

Notable Names:               Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mike Nichols

DVD Link:                            http://amzn.com/B00ISAFF2C

Synopsis:

Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer star in Wolf, a wickedly funny, wildly romantic, white-knuckle thriller. James Spader (Sex, Lies and Videotape), Kate Nelligan (The Prince of Tides), Christopher Plummer (The Sound of Music) and David Hyde Pierce (TV s Frasier, Sleepless in Seattle) co-star in this beastly tale of love and betrayal with equal measures of humor, passion and delicious terror.


Collections:

 

4 Film Favorites – Colossal Monster Collection

Format(s):                           Blu-ray

Notable Names:               Various

Blu-ray Link:                       http://amzn.com/B00IO8VMB6

Movies:

Jack The Giant Slayer, Cloverfield, 10,000 BC, King Kong


10-Movie Horror Collection V.9

Format(s):                           DVD

Notable Names:               Edward Furlong, Jaime Pressly

DVD Link:                            http://amzn.com/B00IJDT5QU

Synopsis:

Awaken The Dead: An assassin’s daughter and a down-and-out priest battle the undead as their pasts bind them together in a web of conspiracy and death.
Grave Mistake: A mutant breed of flesh-eating zombies descends on a village and a group of survivors must battle their way to safety.
King Of The Zombies:During WWII, a special agent, his butler, and their pilot crash-land on a remote island swarming with zombies.
White Zombie:A plantation owner invites a young couple to get married on his estate, plotting to kill the bride-to-be and then bring her back to life as his eternal love slave.
Teenage Zombies:Four teens go out for an afternoon of waterskiing and wind up locked in cages as the test subjects of a formula meant to turn them into mindless zombies.
Night Shadow:An up-and-coming TV journalist returns to her small hometown to find it in a state of panic over a series of grisly murders.
The Nurse:When her father commits suicide, nurse Laura Harriman sets out on a psychotic killing spree, targeting the man she believes is responsible for her father’s death.
Cruel World:A vengeful reality show reject traps nine co-eds in his own sick version of reality TV—where the challenges are bizarre, the danger is real and death is just a competition away.
Inside:Alex has a disturbing hobby of following strangers…until one night he gets caught and becomes trapped in a horrifying existence of desperation, despair and insanity.
Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver:The Gingerdead Man travels back in time to a 1976 roller-boogie contest where he causes more bloody mayhem than ever before.


10-Movie Horror Collection V.10

Format(s):                           DVD

Notable Names:               Christina Applegate, Molly Ringwald

DVD Link:                            http://amzn.com/B00IJDT678

Movies:

Shaded Places: A reunion of old friends turns disturbing and deadly when one of them shares a secret that connects them all.
Prom Night: Four seniors, who all share the same terrible secret, are stalked by a vengeful axe-wielding killer on Prom Night.
Trancers: Angel City, 2247. Trooper Jack Deth is sent back in time to battle Whistler, an evil magnate who uses his psychic powers to trance and control armies of citizens.
Howling IV: The Original Nightmare: Marie and her husband plan a relaxing getaway…but something sinister lurks in the light of the full moon.
Puppet Master: Andre Toulon’s demonic crew of puppets unleash their murderous talents on unsuspecting victims.
Curtains: When a group of actresses audition for a role at the director’s remote mansion, a mysterious, demented killer stalks them to the death.
In The Dead Of Winter: Immediately after being released from prison, Sam Tucker reverts to his old, violent ways…leaving a bloody trail through the powdery snow.
Keepsake: When a freak accident strands Janine on a deserted highway, a call for help soon becomes a fight for survival.
Wages Of Sin: When a beautiful college graduate inherits an abandoned house in the countryside, she and her friends discover that the evil presence of a twisted preacher still lingers there.
Hell’s Highway: A road trip turns into a twisted, bloody nightmare when four college friends pick up a hitchhiker.


Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter / Chronicle Double Feature

 

Format(s):                           DVD, Blu-ray

Notable Names:               Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper

DVD Link:                            http://amzn.com/B00FYJ6MZY

Blu-ray Link:                       http://amzn.com/B00FYJ6NLM

Movies:

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, Chronicle

 

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